Trial lawyer and chiropractic physician, Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD, discusses Jones fractures following an accident.
Medicine is fond of naming conditions after the doctor that founded the condition or studied the condition. This is certainly true with a Jones Fracture who was named by the British orthopedic surgeon Sir Robert Jones, who named the condition after breaking his fifth metatarsal while dancing.
How Does A Jones Fracture Happen?
A Jones fracture is a break or crack at the tuberosity of the fifth metatarsal. If you want to feel your “tuberosity” start at the base of your little toe and follow the shaft down towards your heel – just before you reach the heel you will feel a bump – “your tuberosity”. The fifth metatarsal is fractured when a force (trauma) goes through the area while the foot is inverted. Jones fractures are quite common with inversion sprains, trip and fall accidents, car and truck accidents when the foot is get stuck under the gas or brake pedal, and motorcycle accidents.
About 15 years ago, my wife sustained a Jones fracture dancing, just like Sir Robert Jones. The key to her healing was casting and complete non-weight bearing for about six weeks. I saw firsthand what my wife had to go through. She is a small person and didn't have a lot of upper body strength so it was very difficult to walk with crutches, pull herself out of bed, and get dressed. More dumbfounding was the way other people treated her. I remember one day she had to go to the mall and people bumped into her oblivious to the fact that she was using crutches, they allowed doors to close in her face and kids to run right in front of her.
My wife is very patient; however, after a couple of weeks with no mobility and the way other folks made her feel, her patience was out the window. At times, it was easier for her to scoot around the house on her butt than grab the crutches and take the 15 steps to the bathroom.
Her condition was also difficult on me because she had a bell that she would ring when she needed something so she didn't have to get up. After 15 rings, I would also lose my patience with the situation.
The lesson learned by the DiMartinos' is that we should not take for granted what other people are going through with an injury because until we can walk a day in their shoes.
So, imagine if you sustain a Jones fracture because of somebody was negligent and you have to be non-weight bearing for 4 to 6 weeks! What if you're a waitress or bartender – how do you swing that? What about picking up the kids from school or taxiing them to their activities? What happens if the fracture doesn't heal right and you have to deal with pain in your foot the rest of your life? How much is your case worth if you can no longer work on your feet, or jog, or ski? Can you receive compensation for all these losses?
It's these questions and many more that I'm available answer for you if you've been injured because of somebody's carelessness. I might not be around when you ring the bell because you forgot your book in the bedroom or would like a drink a water, but I am around to assist you if you've been injured and be a strong advocate for your case at these times of need.
If you have any questions about a Jones fracture or any other injury from a Florida accident, give me a call on my cell phone at (352) 267-9168 . You will get me, not a switchboard or legal assistant.
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